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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday June 12, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the where-we-get-all-our-stuff dept.

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Foxconn Technology Group says it is investigating a factory it operates that makes Amazon devices, including Kindles, after an in-depth report by advocacy group China Labor Watch criticized its "appalling working conditions," including excessive hours and over-reliance on temporary workers.

"We are carrying out a full investigation of the areas raised by the report, and if found to be true, immediate actions will be taken to bring the operations into compliance with our Code of Conduct," Taiwan-based Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., told Reuters.

New York-based China Labor Watch says its investigators were sent to the factory, which is located in south central China in Hunan Province's Hengyang city and also makes Amazon's Echo Dot Bluetooth speakers and tablets, from August 2017 to April 2018.

During that time, the group says it found that dispatch, or temporary, workers made up more than 40% of the workforce, far exceeding the 10% limit set by Chinese law. Dispatch workers were also treated very differently than regular workers, receiving far less safety training and no overtime wages. Instead, dispatch workers were paid the same rate, or 14.5 RMB ($2.26) an hour for both normal and overtime hours.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/10/after-report-on-appalling-conditions-foxconn-will-investigate-plant-that-makes-amazon-devices/


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Tuesday June 12, @11:18AM (11 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 12, @11:18AM (#691855) Homepage Journal

    At Foxconn?
    Don't. believe. it.

    Not Foxconn.....all lies.....oh shit: another jumper. Told them they should install nets here as well.

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    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @11:50AM (10 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @11:50AM (#691861)

      Dude, those workplace protections & regulations they're violating don't even exist in the USA: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/temps-around-the-world [propublica.org]

      Fact of the matter is, not only are they're being paid comparatively well to Americans when taking cost-of-living into account, their suicide rates are lower than the US and Chinese average: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn_suicides#Analysis [wikipedia.org]

      Seriously bro, you're a brain washed slave. Get a clue.

      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday June 12, @01:06PM (2 children)

        by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 12, @01:06PM (#691870) Homepage Journal

        Dude... take the pickle out and eat it. Make sure you wash off the brown stuff first.
        Seriously, brah...the brown stuff is nasty.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @01:40PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @01:40PM (#691883)

          Do you have any alternate data or are you simply reduced to name calling?

          • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday June 12, @05:32PM

            by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 12, @05:32PM (#692014) Homepage Journal

            I'm called dude, I call you dude.
            I'm called bro, I call you brah.

            Other than that, what's with the name calling thing?

            Man, that must be one big pickle.

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      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Tuesday June 12, @02:02PM (3 children)

        by LoRdTAW (3755) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 12, @02:02PM (#691896) Journal

        ABC News[32] and The Economist[33] both have done some simple comparison— although the number of workplace suicides at Foxconn is large in absolute terms, the suicide rate is actually lower when compared to the overall suicide rate of China

        That's your rebuff? A summary of a lazy comparison that compares the suicide rate of a company to an entire nation of over a billion people. Repeat with me now: The solution to pollution is dilution.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @03:31PM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @03:31PM (#691953)

          What a better metric? Don't people commit suicide at European factories?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @04:55PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @04:55PM (#691994)

            Don't people commit suicide at European factories?

            They are doing it in private, not while at work.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @09:17PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @09:17PM (#692106)

              They are doing it in private, not while at work.

              Some people like to shit at work (while they are getting paid), some like to use their own toilet. Cultural differences are fascinating.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @03:40PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @03:40PM (#691956)

        I wonder if there's something about the building that makes it an attractive place to commit suicide?

      • (Score: 2, Troll) by stretch611 on Tuesday June 12, @04:13PM

        by stretch611 (6199) on Tuesday June 12, @04:13PM (#691976)

        Well, Duuuuude,

        All you need to do is add some "fake news" exclamations to your post and then you can post it as @realDonaldTrump

      • (Score: 2) by driverless on Tuesday June 12, @11:10PM

        by driverless (4770) on Tuesday June 12, @11:10PM (#692137)

        That was my feeling as well:

        over-reliance on temporary workers

        Looks like China has copied the US in using permatemps.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @12:21PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @12:21PM (#691864)

    Are you going to stop buying cheap shit?

    Fuck you, reader.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday June 12, @01:59PM (2 children)

      by c0lo (156) on Tuesday June 12, @01:59PM (#691893)

      Are you going to stop buying cheap shit?

      No, I'm just going to buy the shit from https://aliexpress.com [aliexpress.com] or https://www.banggood.com [banggood.com] - their people make the shit, their people sell it, their responsibility for the arrangement.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:40PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:40PM (#691916)

        I don't understand this joke?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:53PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:53PM (#691927)

          How would I know? Do you?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:11PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 12, @02:11PM (#691904)

      They must become real slaves, or be replaced by A.I. Amazon Alexa slaves.

      It is the way.

    • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Tuesday June 12, @07:18PM

      by shortscreen (2252) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 12, @07:18PM (#692064) Journal

      Would a general boycott of cheap shit lead to better working conditions for anyone?

      Foxconn is going to "investigate." They may very well get away with not actually changing anything, but at least they acknowledge that they are supposed to care about this.

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